1 Peter 4:3-13 NIV

3 For you have spent enough time in the past1 doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.2

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4 They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you.3

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5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.4

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6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead,5 so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

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7 The end of all things is near.6 Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled7 so that you can pray.

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8 Above all, love each other deeply,8 because love covers over a multitude of sins.9

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9 Offer hospitality10 to one another without grumbling.11

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10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,12 faithfully13 administering God's grace in its various forms.

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11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.14 If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides,15 so that in all things God may be praised16 through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.17

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Suffering for Being a Christian

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering,18 as though something strange were happening to you.

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13 But rejoice19 that you participate in the sufferings of Christ,20 so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.21

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